Hett wins 3A golf championship, Soyez brings home second place

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Marion’s Travis Hett won the Class 3A state golf championship Monday at Hesston on the final hole of the 18-hole tournament.

Hett finished with a one-over-par 72 to claim the win in a nail-biting finish.

Hillsboro freshman Elliott Soyez had a chance to tie Hett on the 19th hole, but just missed his birdie putt. He then defeated Chris Mann in a playoff hole to claim third place with a score of 73.

The tournament was interrupted twice because of inclement weather, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. The total delay was well over three hours.

Marion coach Rex Ostmeyer said of Hett: “His round today was just amazing. We were joking around that he only hit one fairway out of 18-but he putted great and played the Par 3s well. I think those two things are what combined to get him the great score.”

Hett needed only 29 putts on the 18-hole course.

Also competing for Marion was Jake Bredemeier, who shot an 86 and finished 65th among 103 competitors.

The Trojans, who qualified as a team, placed fifth overall with a score of 326. Wichita Collegiate won the title with a 315. They were followed by Sabetha (321), Phillipsburg (322), Nemaha Valley (323) and then Hillsboro.

Twelve schools competed for the team title.

In addition to Soyez’s 73, the Trojans’ Justin Kent shot an 80 to place 22nd, Andrew Bina shot 81 to place 28th, Darren Enns shot 92 to finish 86th and Zach Magnuson shot 98 to place 95th.

Trojan coach Scott O’Hare said he was pleased overall with his team’s play, although he was Kent and Bina were disappointed to miss an individual state medal by one and two strokes, respectively.

“Considering the conditions today, I am pretty pleased with how we competed,” O’Hare said.

Meanwhile, Ostmeyer said he hopes Hett’s state title will build interest in the MHS program.

“I hope we get some younger kids to give it a try,” he said. “They now know a kid from Marion, Kan., and the Marion Country Club can become a state champion if they have some talent and a little bit of willingness to work.”

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